Barnsley: There’s no place like Oakwell for Manchester United ace

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Manchester United loan midfielder Ben Pearson feels right at home at Barnsley.

And the 20-year-old has revealed he’d love to continue furthering his career at Oakwell instead of going back to play for the Red Devils’ Under-21 side.

“I really wouldn’t want to go back and be sitting in the reserves,” admitted Pearson. “Once you’ve experienced first team football it’s hard to play reserve team football again.

“That would be a step backwards for me, so I’ll be looking to stay in first team football past January.

“Whether that’s here, or that’s somewhere else, well that’s not my decision.

“But hopefully it is here because I’ve enjoyed myself.

“I’ll go back to Manchester United in January and see where they want to take it. Whether that’s a permanent move somewhere or on loan, we’ll I’m not really sure yet. I’ll have conversations with them and what’s going to happen.”

Pearson has started all but one of the Reds’ 11 games this season, missing only the club’s 2-1 way win at Scunthorpe United in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy earlier this month.

And the youngster is quickly established himself as a firm favourite with Reds’ supporters for his battling performances in the middle of the park.

Johnson is big fan of developing young talent and also has Joe Rothwell, Pearson’s fellow Manchester United midfielder, and Arsenal young gun Dan Crowley under his wing.

And the manager thinks Crowley has the potential to be great

“He’s a player I think he’ll play for England one day,” said Johnson. “You need to care for a young player that could be very good for the country one day. He’s such a talented player.”

Having worked hard on communication in recent weeks, the Reds beat Swindon 4-1 and drew 1-1 away to Blackpool to make it two unbeaten.

And Johnson believes his team can only get better with longevity. He said: “I’ve always believed in the players’ qualities because I see it every day, but the platform has to be the communication and the organisation, that’s what we’ve got to stick to.”

“The minute that slips we can look poor, when that’s strong we look very good.

“You’ve seen the league, it’s so tight and we’ve just got to stick in there.

“But we’ll only get better, and that’s true. We’re not going to get worse because they’re young, they’re fit and they’re learning. We’ll get better and come good.”